19 Nov 2009

Ownership change will not result in changes says BP Southwest Pacific

11:47 am on 19 November 2009

A change in ownership of BP Southwest Pacific will not result in any changes in the American Samoa operation.

Two weeks ago BP signed a purchase agreement to sell its south Pacific assets to a French Polynesian company Pacific Petroleum company.

The Managing director of BP, Matt Elliot was in the Territory recently with a director of Pacific Petroleum Company Bruno Daily and the new managing director for the South Pacific operations.

The officials met with the local BP staff and also paid a visit to Governor Togiola.

BP is the operator of the government tank farm in Utulei.

Mr Elliot says the acquisition should be completed in the first quarter of 2010.

He says in the meantime BP customers can expect business to continue as usual.

"What's really important for BP and for Pacific Petroleum is that the business continues to operate as it is, in terms of all our staff and team members can carry on, under the new company ownership and we maintain our customer relationship out externally. What's important to us is that it's business as usual."

The Managing director of BP, Matt Elliot.